Award-Winning Digital Media Company

Blue Chalk Media is an award-winning production company founded by people who believe in the power of nonfiction visual storytelling. 

Since our founding in 2013, we’ve produced over 700 videos and garnered more than 100 awards for clients such as Time Inc., Carnegie Corporation of New York, the higher education division of Pearson, the Food Network and marketing agencies or companies such as Siegel+Gale, T Brand Studio of The New York Times, Nike, and over 95 others. 

While recognized for our cinematic videography and editing, the heart of all Blue Chalk creative is the care taken in choosing characters whose stories are authentic and powerful. 

Blue Chalk is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, with additional offices and production facilities in Portland, OR.

 
$5,000+
 
Undisclosed
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2013
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Brooklyn, NY
headquarters
  • 68 Jay Street, Suite 201
    Brooklyn, NY 11201
    United States
other locations
  • 3150 NW 31st Avenue, #4A
    Portland, OR 97210
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Pearson, Food Network, Blue State Digital, Oregon School Board Associations, Morgan Stanley, TED, Siegel + Gale, Freedom House, Nike, National Geographic Creative, The Foundry, NSBA, Edelman, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Bloomberg Philanthropies, NBC Universal, T Brand Studio, The Weather Channel, The New York Times, Bloomberg News, The Atlantic Rethink, TIME

Atlassian Open Stories: Cut from a different cloth

We teamed up with Instrument, a Portland-based digital innovation agency, to create three short-form documentary stories for their client, Atlassian. 


Atlassian wanted to raise awareness of their brand by demonstrating how an open approach to work makes teams stronger, faster, and more capable of reaching their goals. Each piece tells the story of real people and teams who exemplify Atlassian’s guiding

principles to “work open.” 


When Sean and Elaine found out their daughter Ara was autistic, they did everything possible to better understand and communicate with her. An architecture professor and computational designer, Sean noticed how Ara’s abilities changed depending on her environment. He decided to create a structure that could help his daughter and other children with autism spectrum disorders—but he couldn’t do it alone.

How Seamus Gets a Fish

Blue Chalk Media’s creative director, Rob Finch, tells a story about his seven-year-old son, Seamus, as he tries to earn enough money to buy his own fish—and be just like his older sister, Alcina.  

The film was part of a series commissioned by the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative and follows Seamus as he learns about responsibility, the environmental impact of waste and the power of Oregon's bottle recycling

program.

The India 100: Food

Blue Chalk Media worked with The Foundry, Time Inc's custom content studio, to create three films for its client, the Indian Ministry of Tourism, that highlight what India has to offer as a tourist destination. 

From Amritsar and Chennai to Goa and Bodh Gaya, our team visited 14 destinations over five weeks to take viewers on a trip of a lifetime. 

In this first film, we focus on India's

cuisine—visiting restaurants, markets and cafes to capture the colorful and delicious food available throughout the country.  

Blue Chalk Graphics Reel

This graphics reel was created to demonstrate the diverse capabilities of Blue Chalk's graphics team. 

From 2-D motion graphics to data visualizations, typography design, and illustrations, we create graphics using Adobe After Effects, that are both professional and playful to enhance our video content.  

Blue Chalk Five Years On

Two offices, six continents, 700 films, and one dream—to tell stories that matter. 


This is the story of us. This is Blue Chalk, five years on.

Fix Me a Plate: Food Sermon

After a successful first season, which garnered over 15 million views, Blue Chalk was commissioned by Food Network to create a second season of the web series "Fix Me A Plate."

From donuts to dumplings, our team worked closely with Food Network and host Alex Guarnaschelli to identify twelve new restaurants to feature across the boroughs of New York City.

Each episode of this new season highlights what it takes to

create a restaurant that can survive in the competitive New York City food world and connects viewers to the people who bring such incredible food and culture to life every day.

In this final episode of the twelve-part season, Alex ventures to “The Food Sermon,” in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, to speak with the chef and owner, Rawlston Williams, about his humble beginnings and his unique approach to Caribbean classics.

Reviews

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Video Production for TV Series

"They assembled a capable, young, and motivated team that excels at catering to specific audiences."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
3.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Sept. 2017–Dec. 2018
Project summary: 

Blue Chalk Media served as a production team for two seasons of a documentary-style show. They helped storyboard, film, and edit the content, as well as support casting and location-scouting efforts.

The Reviewer
Producer, Food Network Group
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The show has received glowing feedback across social media channels, and the content matches the original vision. The Blue Chalk Media team’s expertise enabled them to create quality deliverables. Despite their small size, they were collaborative and dedicated.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I work at Food Network Digital. We’re a branch owned by Discovery Communication, and we produce both original and convergent content as a part of a companion series for the channel.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Blue Chalk Media?

We were looking to create a show that was food-focused but had a strong story-telling element. Our goal was to have a show that successfully incorporates one of our existing TV talents and has a credible story.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Blue Chalk Media served as our full production company, so they worked with us from the beginning to end of each process. The casting, location, and communications were all handled by their team. Every spot where we filmed was arranged by them, including details with both land and restaurant owners.

Their team helped us storyboard the series and helped recruit the right cast. In addition, they coordinated with hair and makeup vanity teams throughout the process. Along with this, their team created a list of interview questions for each episode and edited every episode. They managed the entire pre- and post-production processes and produced two seasons of the show with us.

What is the team composition?

Matthew (Director of Development & Producer, Blue Chalk Media) was our main point of contact. Greg (Founder & CEO, Blue Chalk Media) was also involved in the process. They provided a full production team, including a director of photography, producer, and sound team for the project.

How did you come to work with Bue Chalk Media?

I wasn’t highly involved in the hiring process for Blue Chalk Media, but our company wanted a team with experience in documentary story-telling. Our goal was to find a company that knew how to combine beautiful camera work with in-depth interviews. Their skill set in these areas is what set Blue Chalk Media apart.

How much have you invested with them?

We worked with Blue Chalk Media to produce the two seasons between September 2017–December 2018. We’re still having internal budget negotiations to determine if we’ll be continuing the relationship.

What is the status of this engagement?

For both seasons, we spent around $50,000 total.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We’ve received a tremendous amount of positive reviews on social media about the creative storylines. Additionally, the beautiful imagery Blue Chalk Media was able to capture has been widely praised. We’re pleased with the content they produced and it stands out from our previous work, giving us a unique positioning in our landscape.  

How did Blue Chalk Media perform from a project management standpoint?

Their team was easy to negotiate and plan with. We found compromises efficiently and they involved my team in the pre- and post-production processes, which we appreciated. There were a few instances where we experienced standard delays because the deliverables were completed later than anticipated.

We spoke frequently on the phone and through email. During the storyboarding and production phases, I was able to work closely with them and provide feedback.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They assembled a capable, young, and motivated team that excels in catering to specific audiences. From their camera operators to the editing team, everyone was dedicated to the work and helped produce quality work.

Are there any areas they could improve?

It’d be beneficial if there were more resources to improve their time management and communication abilities. They’re a growing company, so these aspects will be solved over time but there were a few instances where having more teammates could have made the process more efficient.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be clear about what you want from their team and they’ll be able to execute perfectly. After our first season, we learned that bringing a solid concept to Blue Chalk Media helps speed up the process and gets the project moving quicker.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 3.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Video Production for Charitable Foundation

“Blue Chalk Media took a hands-on approach and helped us execute whatever we asked for.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
June 2013 - Jan. 2017
Project summary: 

Blue Chalk Media developed four videos that documented patients and their families as they received life-changing surgeries. The videos served as a marketing resource to generate awareness and secure donors.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
New York, New York
Former Director of Strategic Projects, Charitable Foundation
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Although they faced challenging filming conditions while shooting in a developing nation, Blue Chalk Media produced a set of critically acclaimed videos. The final product won numerous awards and attracted over 21 million views. Strong organization and adaptability ensured a smooth engagement. 

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the former director of strategic projects at a charitable foundation. Our organization provided surgical care for children and adults suffering from cataract blindness, clubfoot, and burn contractures in developing countries. We funded hospitals and organizations to provide aid in those countries.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Blue Chalk Media? 

We wanted to create a set of compelling videos that would resonate with potential donors while also bringing more awareness to our cause. Our goal was to use those videos as a marketing tool.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement? 

Blue Chalk Media created four documentary videos that followed some of our patients’ medical journeys; there were two videos on blindness, one on burn victims, and the final on clubfoot. In each piece, we wanted to show how challenging it was for poor families to get medical care and the positive impact that these surgeries could have. 

Our CEO was heavily involved in the selection process, identifying the patients who would be in the video and the location. Blue Chalk Media suggested several ideas, and we went back and forth to establish our direction. Once we gave them a framework for the storyline, the team flew overseas for several weeks to organize the production.

What is the team composition?  

I specifically worked with their founder, COO, and creative director who edited all of the footage. They contracted a videographer and photographer to handle the on-site filming.

​​​​​​How did you come to work with Blue Chalk Media?

Our CEO had previously worked with them, so we knew that they were an emerging talent. They pitched us an extremely compelling idea, and we felt that they would do a great job.

How much have you invested with them? 

We spent about $200,000 in total.

What is the status of this engagement?

Their work lasted from June 2013–January 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

They executed the project flawlessly. Not only did the blindness videos go viral with over 21 million views, but they also won several awards and brought a tremendous amount of awareness to our organization. Viewers noted that the videos were impactful, emotional, and beautifully filmed.

How did Blue Chalk Media perform from a project management standpoint?

Their project management skills were amazing. I appreciated how accurate they were with their budget and time estimates. They delivered everything that they said they would without overpromising. In terms of communication, we often interacted through email and in-person meetings.

What did you find most impressive about them? 

The team went to India for several weeks and worked under difficult circumstances to shoot each video. When filming in the countryside of a developing nation, you can’t always be sure that everything will run smoothly. Regardless, Blue Chalk Media took a hands-on approach and helped us execute whatever we asked for. They were well-organized and troubleshot any challenges that arose.

Are there any areas they could improve? 

No, I had very few criticisms.

5.0
Overall Score I loved their work, and they had such a high standard of quality.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Video Production for Content Studio

"I would work with them a million times over."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
3.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Nov. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Blue Chalk Media produced a film series on behalf of a third-party client. Following the creation of a treatment, the team shot three long-form videos and then cut them into 14 shorter segments.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
New York, New York
Sam Morgan
Senior Content Producer, The Foundry
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The solution generated positive feedback from viewers and the third-party client and earned a nomination for a digital award. The team’s proactive style helped them accommodate changes in requests. They’re adept at meeting significant logistical challenges and sticking to a schedule.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm a senior creative producer at The Foundry at Meredith Corporation.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Blue Chalk Media?

We needed a partner to produce a series of films in India within a long-term engagement and on a low budget.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They put together a solid treatment of how they would approach the task. We never provided any script or storyboards, so any visual references were contained in the treatment. One of the biggest challenges we faced was filming across the entirety of India since our project was essentially a montage of the country. They lined many different shots up next to each other as opposed to a narrative. We took the three long-form videos they made—each about three minutes long—and we pulled those into 14 cutdowns. That initial engagement produced our first year of films, and we decided to commit to a second year of films.

What is the team composition?

We worked with about 10 people in total, including an executive producer, a second producer, and a creative director, along with some other team members who assisted with the shoot. I went to India with them during the production process.

How did you come to work with Blue Chalk Media?

They’d worked with other creative teams in my company’s building, so I’d heard recommendations of their work. This was actually the first time somebody else had chosen my production company. At first, I was a little hesitant to move forward because I’m used to making that decision. But when I saw their work, I was pleased and excited to work with them.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent $250,000–$275,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Work on our first year of films with them began in November 2017 and concluded in March 2018. We contracted for a second year, which began in May 2018 and is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Our first year of film partnership with them is potentially the best thing that’s come out of our firm. It’s been a huge hit, and viewers are blown away. Our client, India’s ministry of tourism, loved it. We’ve been nominated as a finalist for a Folio digital award. I personally consider this project one of the best things I’ve done in my career. We’re currently working on the second year, which is like a sophomore album in the sense that we all know what we’re doing now.

How did Blue Chalk Media perform from a project management standpoint?

They did an excellent job organizing and executing a project of such scale. The first shoot was 32 days and the shoot for the following year's project took 45 days. They were confident and comfortable in every decision they made, and they kept our project on track.

We were closely connected to their creative director in addition to their producers and logistical people. The executive producer, Greg (Founder and CEO, Blue Chalk Media), came to our office once because they have a Brooklyn location very close by. However, our contact was mostly via email, along with perhaps a weekly phone call. There were little things that we could talk out. I felt like one of the team, and I was the only one who went with them to India.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They worked with a very proactive and positive attitude. We were talking about a monumental task that was probably the hardest project that had ever come across my desk, and yet I've never felt more confident. Every time our client made a change, they basically had to redo their entire schedule, because everything was so routinized already. They were adept at meeting these moving targets. I would work with them a million times over. I could not speak highly enough.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I think corresponding more frequently would have been helpful at times. We’d be in touch once a day, but that could improve.

5.0
Overall Score Anything that wasn't the best was minuscule compared to how good everything else was.
  • 3.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I already have.

Strategy and Video Production for Education Association

"They have complete command of communicating through the visual arts."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Mar. 2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Blue Chalk Media helped devise and execute a public advocacy campaign. They developed a name for the campaign and then provided video production services, shooting and editing video and still images.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Salem, Oregon
Alex Pulaski
Communications Director, Oregon School Boards Association
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The campaign has been repeated in other states under the brand name Blue Chalk Media delivered thanks to its initial success. Investing both emotional and creative resources, Blue Chalk Media effectively realized a conceptual vision in their deliverables. Customers can expect full-firm commitment.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the communications director at the Oregon School Boards Association, though I was a communications specialist when the project began. We work with locally-elected Oregon public school boards.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Blue Chalk Media?

Our member services association needed help to conceptualize and initiate an advocacy campaign regarding investing in Oregon public education. We were looking to design a new website, expand our social media reach, and communicate compelling stories of student accomplishments.

What were your goals for this project?

The overarching goal was to motivate the public to believe in Oregon children and then act on that belief.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Our then-communications director led a process involving stakeholders that identified our goals and assets. We then solicited vendors through a competitive RFP process.

Describe the video(s) and the process in detail.

Once we selected Blue Chalk, they reviewed our identified goals and assets and suggested several campaign names. We landed on “Promise of Oregon,” based on the promise the children held and the promise adults owe them to help them achieve their dreams. They worked directly with our communications staff to get out to schools to tell kids’ stories through words and videos.

Final deliverables included videos and still photos of interviews with kids as they shared their accomplishments and aspirations. They sent 2–3 top-notch videographers and crew members to the schools and worked directly with us in editing the footage.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

They were incredibly responsive at every turn and intuitive, supportive and generous with their insights. Rob (Creative Director, Blue Chalk Media) and Jamie (Directory of Photographer, Blue Chalk Media) were amazing, putting their heart and soul into this project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

This project was awarded a Gold Medallion (their highest honor) by the National School Public Relations Association. With our permission, the concepts have been emulated in Iowa and Colorado via branded “Promise” campaigns. Individual videos have also won awards in the years since.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

From their leadership to their incredibly energetic field staff, Blue Chalk Media is smart, nimble and incredibly good at translating a vision into evocative videos that pluck at the heartstrings. I can’t recommend them highly enough because I’d run out of superlatives trying to praise them.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They have complete command of communicating through the visual arts. Though they’re responsive to our needs, they’re also willing to politely disagree with us. We can handle these types of disagreements because we both care about the purpose of the campaign.  

Are there any areas for improvement?

Their entry-level employees face a steep learning curve, and because their services are in such high demand, connecting with them can be hard. However, they always come through in the end.  

5.0
Overall Score They're superior in every way.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were always responsive and flexible within reason.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It was competitive in the field, but the quality is beyond incredible.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They always aim high and never compromise on quality.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I can't imagine working with a better company.